If you're coming here to comment about Apple vs Real, look at this first. If you know this stuff, that's cool; if you don't...you should.
I can't believe someone actually picked on my grammar. Is that a sure sign I won or what!!? (ducks)
One more interesting point from an email I got:
"...Please consider Apple's ability to continue making iPods profitably if they open up. Consider the example of Palm that nearly went bankrupt trying to both control the platform and make the widget. You may saythat either it is not possible or that it doesn't matter, the platformis the prize --> sacrifice the iPod for AAC/Fairplay platform ?"
OK. First, the point is not to consider not only what they gain or lose by doing
it, but what they gain or lose by not doing
it. I've argued they lose more by not
opening than they lose by opening. Second, opening the platform does not sacrifice iPod sales
. Sure, it's possible that Real might try and out a competitor, but, as I've argued before, the iPod has no
real competitors, because Apple's competitors don't understand the value drivers in this market. And they won't for quite a while. So the iPod absolutely owns the market. Creating a standard around iTunes/iPod would, if anything, drive
sales - by creating a thriving market for complements (more of them, available more cheaply, than Apple's currently limited selection).